A couple of people have asked recently about my workflow, so here is an overview.
For my workflow I use a couple of applications Adobe Photoshop & PhotoMechanic, although at a football match I do everything from within PhotoMechanic.
First step in the workflow is to get the images from the camera on to the laptop, so plug in the card reader & CF Card, & fire up PhotoMechanic.
I have PM configured to automatically ingest any CF once it appears on the desktop, at this point I have the system add a basic IPTC caption to all of the images, I leave the file names unaltered at this point. The files are copied to a folder called Card Dump.
Once I have all the images on the laptop I scroll through the images in full frame (Click the “f” key to toggle between normal & full screen) preview mode and zoom in (click the “z” key to toggle zoom mode), I will make a selection tagging each (if you click the fullstop key it will tag the photograph) frame that I am going to wire, at the same time I will do any cropping & straightening of the images, (to crop hit the “x” key.
As part of this process I will also edit the captions to reflect the content of the photograph if you hit the “i” key it will open the caption dialogue box, then using a series of code replacements that I have already created I can add the players name simply by entering a code (in the case of QPR Defender Geoff Cameron I type \QPR05\ and it replaces it with the full name.
Having completed the edit I will the select all tagged images and FTP them direct to the client (click “u” to show the FTP dialogue box and away you go, it is at this point that the client naming protocols are used to rename & resize the photograph, as well as the actual cropping taking place, the sent images are then automatically saved in the Pix Sent Folder
There maybe times during the match that images need to be moved rather more quickly, ie a goal & celebration pictures, I usually like to send as soon as possible, these I don’t tend to tag, but just go through them and caption, crop & send them individually.